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With no indictment, protests and chaos in Ferguson streets

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of unarmed Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who escalated initially peaceful protests by setting fire to buildings and cars and looting businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

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Obama unveils sweeping reform to immigration, challenges opposition

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts.

Online donations support Give Miami Day

On Nov. 13, Dr. Enid Pinkney sent a blast e-mail. Subject line: Give Miami Day for Historic Hampton House Community Trust.

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Beware of SkyRise tapping into our pockets

SkyRise last Thursday told minority and women business owners that it has $10 million worth of contracts available for them to participate in its project. That sounds like good news on the surface. But SkyRise’s project is estimated to cost about $400 million when all is said and done. Already the private project is asking to dip into our pockets. It wants $9 million from Miami-Dade county taxpayers. Who knows if SkyRise will ask for more? In this scenario, if SkyRise gives $10 million in contracts and asks for $9 million in county funding, it seems we net $1 million.

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Ferguson, a ticking time bomb

Michael Brown is dead. It’s been more than 100 days since Officer Darren Wilson killed him. Gov. Jay Nixon recently declared a state of emergency in Missouri. These are facts. When this paper hits the press, 103 days would have passed without an indictment for the death of Brown. And, yes, we’ve been counting. Things might change given an expected decision from the grand jury, but Gov. Nixon has issued this declaration of a state emergency in the event that it doesn’t.

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A not so traditional Thanksgiving

Personal chef to Dwyane Wade cooks up a turkey-less meal

Chef Richard Ingraham cooked a full Thanksgiving meal on Monday, more than a week before the holiday. That was after he attended to Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and his family, for whom he is personal chef for 11 years and prepared a snack of made-from-scratch red velvet waffles and buttermilk-curry fried chicken. All before 10 a.m. For Ingraham, the moment was surreal. He was cooking in the Miami Gardens house in which he used to live from the time that he was 5. “This room wasn’t even here,” he said of the family room in which he sat. “I used to cook with my mom and my grandmother, right there, pointing at the kitchen. It’s

Bond funds to replace Frederick Douglass Elementary

Project part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ effort to upgrade facilities

Benjamin Brown, 80, remembers when Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Overtown had no cafeteria. “We had to eat in the classroom,” said Brown, who attended the school in 1939. “There was a lady who sold hot dogs and hamburgers out of a small room.” The 61-year-old building that is part of many childhood memories will soon be demolished and replaced with a sleek, new one. The project is part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools' effort to upgrade facilities in nearly 270 schools with the $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond, which voters passed two years ago.

All we ever do is talk about embracing educational reform

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about our public school systems. A recent report revealed that 49 schools within Tulsa Public Schools received an F grade by the state of Oklahoma. Most of those schools are in my legislative district. I am constantly wondering how, with so many different avenues of resources and different “plans of action” by our urban public school districts- we still get the same result!

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Museum honors Black stalwarts, raises $25,000

More than 200 people attended the Coral Gables Museum's 'An Evening on the Plaza,’ its annual fundraising event, and Community Achievement Awards honoring four local outstanding leaders.

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Monkey see, monkey do

Throughout my lifetime, I have heard thousands of phrases, which some of you may be familiar, such as “A watched pot never boils;” “A hard head make a soft behind;” “What goes up must come down;” and “You don’t miss your water until your well run dry.” These phrases are sometimes called euphemisms. When I think about it, my favorite one is “Monkey see, monkey do.”

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Season’s greetings from a Miami gang

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s bringing with it the season of giving. With hundreds of free turkeys on the line, a Miami gang is in on the merriment. Mirva Cadet, Gang Alternative program director, said the youth organization is indeed a gang. Gang Alternative was founded in 1987 at a time when the Magic City’s major tricks were crime and drugs.

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Pastor Leslie Brown III: Directs others to Jesus Christ

Leslie Brown III was born in Bronx, N.Y. Since his father, Leslie Jr. was in the military, the Brown family lived in numerous countries and cities, including Panama and Germany. The family eventually ended up in Sioux City, Iowa. Brown attended Briar Clift University in Iowa and majored in Pastoral Ministry. He was “called” into the ministry at the age of 20 while still a member of Mount Zion M.B. Church.

Neurosurgeon’s expertise saves patient from a life of paralysis

For the past 22 years, Connie Daniels has had the same routine – she wakes up at 3:30 a.m. and prepares for work as a bus driver for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. But one morning in February 2014, something didn’t feel right. It didn’t seem like much at first. Daniels, 58, simply noticed that her right foot was numb, as if it had fallen asleep. Hours went by and the strange sensation never went away. For the next few days, it continued to worsen, with the numbness spreading throughout her lower extremities. A week later, she could barely walk. Her children rushed her to a Miami hospital, where she spent a week undergoing test after test after test, with no diagnostic answer. But Daniels knew that something was terribly wrong.

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Battle of the beats

Music, DJs, chicken wings and things

A short stretch of Ali Baba Avenue pulsated with bass booming from huge speakers. Night had fallen in Opa-locka and cool lights set the scene for the beat-heavy mania that was about to ensue.   It was time for six DJs to take front stage at this year’s Art of Transformation in a battle on the ones and twos. I was honored to judge the competition with hosts DJ Laz, Hot 105's Jill Tracy and fellow judge DJ Immortal. The crowd had thinned a little, but the contenders had a sizable audience who stood in front of the stage with faces lit from the huge concert screen. They waited in anticipation.

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Nite Cap

Miami isn't a one-nighter

Miami is like that beautiful Bentley on the lot everyone dreamed of but after a few test drives they bring it back frustrated, opting for the less flamboyant Honda. If you're like me, your heart sank when you got the news that LeBron James was heading back home to Cleveland. It knocked the wind out of our sails. LeBron was the larger-than-life superhero who promised us a dynasty, so at first I felt betrayed, but this is real life not a comic book. In all honesty, LeBron gave us all that was humanly possible and then some, but did we return the favor? I'm not sure. With the new NBA season underway and the Heat off to a great start it seems we've licked our wounds and moved on. This is the sad truth of Miami: It suffers from the disease called chronic transience. It’s like a nagging cough we treat time and again with lozenges instead of going to the doctor to cure the sickness all together. The result of this infection is our inability as a city to keep a good thing.

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Chatter That Matters

Congratulations to the Booker T. Washington Alumni Athlete Club for taking the time to select inductees for the 2014-15 year in basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, swimming track and field, and wresting. The hall of fame banquet and induction ceremony was held, Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Renaissance Ballroom Inc. Willie Warren, president, blessed the effort and included Edward Young, Kathryn Hepburn, Secretary, Lawrence Johnson, James Green, chaplain, and Richard Demerit, parliamentarian. Warren indicated we have come to recognize and honor former athletes for distinguished achievements highlighting their distinctive abilities. As we

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The Social Whirl

November. This month seems to be flying by. I want to send a welcome to Jerry Rushin, a fellow Miami Times columnist who I’m delighted to share the pages of the paper with. “I’ve been thinking too.” Love the euphemisms, especially “A watched pot doesn’t boil.” Many of my friends are also enjoying his column. Sympathy and prayers to Marion and Barbara C. Harris in the loss of their 51-year-old son, Zevin. Just Us Club members Virla Barry, Carolyn Blake, Emma Burnside, Cecelia Hunter, Shirley Archie, Vicki Roulhac, Juanita Miller, Geneva Knowles Woodard, Patsy Graham, Shelaine Welters, and Luretha Lucky visited with the family on Saturday

Microsoft chairman gifts FAMU $5 million

Mangum leads in land grant university's quest for dollars

Florida A & M University received the largest single donation in its 127-year history from alumnus Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson and his wife Sandi. The $5 million will provide scholarships to high performing students from low wealth families. Thompson discussed the need for diversity in the new econom

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Lifestyle Happenings

Little Haiti Optimist Club will have free health screenings 11 a.m. Fri., November 21 Turkey giveaway starts at 2:30 p.m. at Little Haiti Soccer Park. Call 305-390-0234. Vankara School will have a community Thanksgiving feast and resource fair Sat. Nov. 22. Call 305-681-6121. Liberty Square Project Family and Friends Inc. will have their first banquet on Fri. Dec. 5 at the Church of the Incarnation. Call 305-333-8539 or 305-696-1819. The Egelloc Club, MEN OF TOMORROW Program invites 10th grade young men to their Dec. 7 workshop with various Professionals. If interested email nadinebaxter-atkins@keyes.com. Place “MOT” in the subject line.

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Culture clash ends with call for unity

Dr. Smith Joseph appeals for racial harmony during induction ceremony as North Miami’s third Haitian-American mayor

One week after winning a racially charged campaign, Dr. Smith Joseph first official duty as mayor was to call for ethnic harmony. Nearly 1,000 people, including dignitaries from local and state governments, packed the plaza at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) for Joseph’s induction ceremony and first city council meeting last Wednesday in North Miami. A festive reception and marching band helped usher in new era as Joseph’s wife, attorney Patricia SaintVil-Joseph, and son Benoushkah Dominique Joseph, were by Joseph’s side as he took the oath of office.

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